House GOP suit calls subsidies illegal since not appropriated by Congress
House leaders and Trump administration ask for abeyance of 90 days.
Insurers are approaching a deadline to submit rates for the coming year. They can't construct the...Arizona News
Information is from billing data for Newborn Screening Program
ADHS compiles the data and mails it to a third party billing company in Illinois. Last month a parcel containing protected health information was mailed to the billing company but has not yet been received.
ADHS advises those affected to be vigilant for fraud...Arizona Bricks & Mortar
The four Arizona facilities will become part of the largest private for-profit operator in the nation
Steward will operate 36 hospitals in 10 states with projected revenue of nearly $8 billion in 2018. The deal is expected to close during the third quarter this year.
Iasis Healthcare operates 17 hospitals and one behavioral...Arizona News
Centene's Health Net of Arizona no longer contracts with Dignity Health facilities and providers in Arizona as of midnight May 20, 2017
After months of negotiations, Dignity Health and Health Net did not reach agreement on contracts covering commercial HMO, commercial PPO, Medicare Advantage and AHCCCS products. Patients who have...National News
Lack of interpreters cause deaf to say “I’m terrified to go to the hospital in these situations”
A review of hospital inspection reports and court records found dozens of instances around the country when deaf patients said they were not provided adequate interpreter services. It's difficult for hospitals to provide interpreters...National News
Former CMS Administrator and senior fellow of Institute for Healthcare Improvement shares missteps to avoid
In a speech to the National Patient Safety Foundation Patient Safety Congress Thursday, he highlighted some missteps in the approach that the patient safety community has taken throughout its improvement journey.
Money has...Data Resources
We looked at 2017 premium costs in select counties in Arizona and provide 2020 premium and premium support projections under the American Health Care Act vs. The Affordable Care Act
What’s in this Data Edition:
American Health Care Act Summary
Arizona Impact AHCA vs. ACA
State Advanced Payment Tax...National News
House leaders have not sent their ACA repeal bill to the Senate as they await a budget analysis that could force them to revise - and re-vote on the high-stakes legislation
While not likely, it is possible. The news, first reported by Bloomberg, raises the prospect of another uncomfortable vote for GOP lawmakers. The House narrowly...National News
In reaction to the news, shares of CVS and Walgreens closed down more than 3 percent, to $76.34 and $81.73, respectively
The online retail giant has created havoc with traditional retail stores and is now examining the pharmacy sector.
“Prescription drugs is such a big market, and Amazon, I think, looks at every big market and...National News
Dr. Rahma Warsame of the Mayo Clinic led the study which taped conversations between doctors and patients
Researchers taped 529 conversations between doctors and patients with various types of cancer at three outpatient clinics - the kind of places chemo often is given - at Mayo, Los Angeles County Hospital and the University of...National News
22 year old female allegedly turned away from emergency room for "no insurance" in Nevada
She had classic presentation of Deep Vein Thrombosis, later precipitated a massive fatal Pulmonary Embolism. Malpractice litigation followed with description of a cascade of worsening events. Advocates point to flaws in the insurance, payment and...Arizona News
Phoenix ranks in bottom 5 markets in which to practice
Burnout rates for all physicians has been trending up: 40 percent in 2013 to 51 percent in 2017.
Rankings were determined by 12 categories. Medical board actions, malpractice litigation, employer-based insureds, physician density, crime and divorce rates and more.
Leadership attempting to find compromises apart from committee meetings
The Senate is negotiating its own legislation to repeal and replace much of the Affordable Care Act in secret talks with senators hand-picked by party leaders and with no plans for committee hearings to publicly vet the bill. The working group has met four times,...National News
Kindred Nursing Centers argued arbitration clauses with patients prohibited suits about care
When plaintiffs' relatives died, they sued Kindred Nursing Centers L.P. for allegedly providing a substandard level of care, but the nursing home moved to dismiss the lawsuits, arguing that the arbitration agreements prohibited them from...National News
Advocates tell us premiums will go down if their idea passes. Understanding requires a bit more explanation
Fact Checker at The Washington Post takes a closer look.
There is, in fact, a line in the Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act that, at first glance, might suggest premiums will decline by 10...Arizona News
The 2017 Arizona Top Tech Awards recognize outstanding executives in the field
David Higginson, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, has traveled an interesting path. Beginning with an old hand-me-down Commodore computer. Educated as an accountant in Liverpool,England, he became...National News
The panel’s recommendations are counter to guidelines from a number of medical groups
A panel of international experts reviewed 13 studies involving nearly 1,700 patients. Those studies compared the surgery with a variety of options, including physical therapy, exercise and even placebo surgery. They concluded the arthroscopic...National News
Malicious software that blocks access to computers is spreading swiftly across the world, apparently with the help of a software vulnerability originally discovered by the National Security Agency
The reports of the malware infection began in Britain. The National Health Service (NHS) reported serious problems throughout Friday. But...National News
CBO Blog anticipates evaluation of House-passed AHCA as soon as ten days
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The CBO's score of the original AHCA in March estimated the legislation would decrease the federal deficit by approximately $337 billion over the next 10 years. It also estimated 24 million insured Americans would no longer have coverage...Arizona Comings & Goings
Arizona service area includes five acute care hospitals and a number of specialty care centers
Watson will oversee Dignity Health Arizona's financial goals and budgeting processes, while also helping grow services and partnerships.
Mr. Watson recently served as CFO and COO for PeaceHealth Medical Group, the ambulatory services division...National News
Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center in New York disclosed patients' mental health and medical diagnoses, HIV statuses and sexual assault and domestic violence reports
The compromised records spanned the time from 2014 to 2017. Bob Diachenko, a security researcher with MacKeeper Security Research Center, told NBC News on Tuesday the leak was...Arizona News
Growth and diversification lead to changes
Banner's 28 hospitals and its health plans operate in seven states. Banner's CEO is Peter Fine.
In February, Banner consolidated its east and west Arizona regions into one unit. East President Todd Werner took over the entire territory and western President Rob Gould will leave the...News
Local sources from both sides tell The Hertel Report that the parties are committed to working out their differences
If the parties can reach agreement befo0re the end of next week, Health Net's commercial, AHCCCS and exchange consumers can still receive in-network care at Dignity Health facilities and providers. See The Hertel...Arizona News
The narrow passage of the AHCA energizes Democrats to focus on the 2018 elections
The difficult path for the AHCA in the House has ignited fundraising efforts and heavy investment in advertising to highlight a perceived parade of horribles in the House version. SaveMyCare, an independent pro-Democratic group, has purchased a...Arizona News
More than 40,000 southern Arizona UnitedHealthCare members may continue to utilize Northwest Healthcare facilities and providers
As the agreement approached expiration May 1, the payer and provider had disagreements about reimbursement and payment models.
Read about both sides staying at the table to find agreeable contract terms in...